Buttery Shortbread Bites
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Cookie Sheet lined with silpat or parchment
2 sticks room temperature unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
4 T. colored nonpareils
Cream butter with sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add extract continue beating. In a bowl mix flour and salt. Slowly add flour mixture into butter mixture. Make sure it is all mixed well, scraping bottom of bowl. Add the nonpareils. Mix well.
Take a grapefruit size of dough. Flatten out to a square disc about 3/4 inch high and about 4x4 square. Use your hands to make sides of dough even and have a sharp edge. Using a sharp chefs knife cut the cookies into 3/4" x 3/4" squares. Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown on bottom of cookie. Place on cooling rack.
I make these days in advance when having a party, etc....They get better with age.